29 December 2015

How To Make the Perfect Cup of Tea

It's no secret that I love coffee, but I love tea just as much!
the perfect cup of tea
There is something magical in the ritual of making the perfect cup of tea. Perhaps it's the boiling of the water or the steeping of the tea, but once that ritual is done another can begin. For me that includes curling up in a cozy blanket, reading a good book or just existing in the moment. Some of my favourite teas are black teas, like English breakfast and straight herbal ones, like peppermint or orange.

I know this post may seem silly, but sometimes it takes the right steps in order to make the perfect cup of tea. Here's how:

Water temperature matters.
Remember the story of Goldilocks & the Three Bears? Well, the same principle applies when it comes to tea - the temperature of the water needs to be just right. Herbal and black teas call for boiling water, whereas green teas require water to be a little cooler.

The right amount.
You don't want too much water in your perfect cup of tea, because let's face it, no one enjoys watered down tea. To reach the sweet spot you want to use a teaspoon of loose leaf tea (or one teabag) to 1 cup of water.

Let it steep.
Different teas mean different steep times. If you're like me, the stronger the tea the better. I typically let my black teas steep for five minutes. Be sure to check the packaging for specific steep times and be sure to leave the bag or tea ball undisturbed the entire time.

Patience is key.
Keep in mind that letting the water cool a little bit before drinking will allow time for the tea to reach it's peak flavour. And honestly, who wants scalding tea burning the roof of their mouth? I've found that drink tea out of fine bone china improves the flavour of any tea - making it crisp and delightful.

What are some of your favourite teas? Do you have a special mug or cup you always drink tea from?

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